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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rain, rain go away...

To start the day rushing into your cab with heavy rain pouring down on you is really dreadful. The first thing you know is that there will be lesser people on the roads flagging your cab. Secondly, you need to go to the nearest taxi stand and start to queue, usually at a shopping centre, mall or plaza for passengers. Third and most nasty is at the end of the day, when you have an extra load of work cleaning the inside of the cab, sometimes muddy carpets and to thoroughly dry and air the seats before you handover to your relief driver. A lot of cabbies are afraid to drive on rainy days because it is not so safe even if you are extra careful. Road conditions, visibility, heavy jams are the main causes. And if we are unlucky to meet up with even minor accidents, we get drenched, unable to continue working due to damages or even getting hurt and this inevitably cause loss of earnings for us for at least a few days. Worst of all, drivers become edgy, impatient and tempers flare at the slightest argument as to who is right or who is wrong when an accident occurs. It becomes a very bad day for all concerned. Even the commuters, waiting anxiously for taxis everywhere get very frustrated and angry and when they finally get one, we will get some share of their curses. Therefore it is better to wait a while, maybe hangout at a coffee shop, have a hot cup of coffee and watch the rain subside before we start doing business again......

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